From a breathtaking stage show to the world's largest Disney character shop, from exquisitely themed celebrity restaurants to retail boutiques for every taste, from a virtual-reality arcade to some of the world's hottest nightclubs, Downtown Disney offers an extraordinary mix of entertainment, dining, dancing and shopping at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Divided into three districts -- West Side, Pleasure Island and the Marketplace -- encompassing 120 acres along the southern shore of Buena Vista Lagoon, Downtown Disney bursts with excitement for all ages, whether guests come to eat, shop, dance or enjoy live entertainment.
"Simply put, it's a collection of 'wows'," said Mark Mrozinski, Downtown Disney vice president. "We have created an over-the-top experience that makes Downtown Disney Florida's premier entertainment destination. It's the best of the best -- an experience that will absolutely exceed expectations."
Inspired by Broadway, Hollywood, traditional "downtowns" and the high-tech world of digital entertainment and virtual reality, Downtown Disney treats guests to a dazzling set of activities from morning until well after midnight:
Downtown Disney West Side features a permanent Cirque du Soleil® theater with an original theatrical show, La Nouba, produced exclusively for the Walt Disney World Resort; DisneyQuest, a five-story, 100,000-square-foot indoor theme park filled with the latest in interactive entertainment and high-tech fun; Gloria and Emilio Estefan's Bongos Cuban Cafe; House of Blues; Wolfgang Puck Cafe; Virgin Megastore; Planet Hollywood; and AMC 24 Theatres.
Downtown Disney Pleasure Island is alive with eight themed nightclubs for nonstop club hopping -- Adventurers Club, BET SoundStage Club, The Comedy Warehouse, 8Trax, Mannequins Dance Palace, Motion, Pleasure Island Jazz Company, and the Rock N Roll Beach Club -- plus a nightly street party that explodes with fireworks, confetti, music and live performers. Admission to all of the facilities on Pleasure Island is included in the regular ticket price of $19.81 plus tax. Annual passes are available for $54.95 plus tax.
Downtown Disney Marketplace features a wide variety of shopping and dining adventures for every age and budget, including Rainforest Cafe, McDonald's, Wolfgang Puck Express, LEGO Imagination Center, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, and World of Disney, the world's largest Disney character merchandise location. For more information about Downtown Disney, call Walt Disney World Guest Information at 407/824-4321 or 407/WDW-2NITE (939-2648).